Spinal cord injuries are some of the most serious, life-altering injuries we encounter in our law practice, and can arise in all sorts of situations. Here at The Mottley Law Firm, we have experience representing clients who have suffered injuries to their spinal cord in falls, in motor vehicle crashes, and in other incidents involving negligence, such as those involving defective products. We have experience obtaining compensation for spinal cord injury survivors to compensate them for these injuries.
Types of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries are always complex and unique. Depending on the type of injury to the cord, the location of the injury, and the severity of the injury, the results can range from paralysis and the loss of use of portions of the body, on the one extreme, to numbness, tingling, weakness, and pain in one’s extremities on the other end of the spectrum. Spinal cord injuries may be categorized into those involving a complete spinal cord injury and those involving an incomplete spinal cord injury. Complete spinal cord injuries cause permanent damage to the spinal cord and severely impact the functionality of the spinal cord region below the point of injury, while incomplete spinal cord injuries refer to partial damage and the retention of functionality in the patient below the injury site. Injuries to the spinal cord can occur in the neck or cervical spine, the thoracic spine, the lumbar spine, and in the sacral region of the spine. Irrespective of the nature and location of the injury, all spinal cord injuries are serious in that they alter a person’s life and quality of life, and often require future medical care that is expensive. Much of the work that goes into handling a case involving an injury to the spinal cord involves working with experts to properly value the future care that the client will need.